43 year-old Former Newcastle player and coach Lee Clark has just been appointed the manager at Scottish Premier League club Kilmarnock – so we wish Lee all the best in his new endeavor.
And Lee has come out and made some statements about the Newcastle owner Mike Ashley – who has spent money on new players this season like money grows on trees – and that´s a complete change from his previous history when he has been more than a little thrifty with Newcastle´s money.
Mike Ashley on Sky Sports last May
He has come through on his commitments he made then
Newcastle have spent more money than any other club in the Premier League this season and last summer we were 5th highest spenders of all clubs in Europe when we spent around £52M.
Yes – and even after that we are still 3rd bottom of the league and in grave danger of going down in May.
This is what Lee Clark has said on talkSport:
“What I’ve got to say is, certainly there were the question marks last season over investment and the owner being committed,”
“Well, he’s shown this season that there hasn’t been a more committed owner in the Premier League with the funds that have been spent..” “That cannot be thrown at them any more.”
“When you’re successful, or you’re going to keep out of that relegation zone, you’ve got to be able to pick up points away from home.” “Just winning at home isn’t going to be good enough.”
“You’ve got to get these draws, a few of those on the board and nick a win now and then.” “It’s pull-your-hair-out time for Steve.”
When Ashley went on Sky Sports about an hour before our last game last season against West Ham, he said from now on Newcastle would make their own luck,
Since then the owner has given out over £80M in transfer fees and created a Newcastle Board to run the club for him.
He took himself off the Board.
The Board however have not used that money wisely and did not appoint a top coach last summer – and those are some of the reasons we are in serious trouble right now.
And Mike Ashley has to take responsibility for not putting good enough people of the Board to run the club for him.
But at least since last summer reasonable fans don’t fault Mike Ashley and he’s fulfilled what he promised last May in that TV interview – which also seemed to galvanize the club for the last game.
Maybe he needs to go on TV again, because we are not at all convinced we can survive in the Premier League this season.
If Newcastle do survive we are almost certain Ashley will give out some really big money to help fortify the squad – since the last thing he wants next season is another disaster like the last two seasons.
He may even need to make changes on the Board to correct the inherent problems at the club.
So if we survive they could be the best of times this summer.
If we are relegated we don’t know what would happen, but it would be an absolute and complete disaster for the football club.
If we don’t survive they could be the worst of times this summer.
What do you think?